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Live music picks: April 22-28

Diddy-Dirty Money, the latest project from Sean "P. Diddy"Combs, plays the Tabernacle April 28. Photo: Travis Shinn

Diddy-Dirty Money, the latest project from Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, plays the Tabernacle April 26. Photo: Travis Shinn

Gurf Morlix, “Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah”

Texas musician Morlix is best known as a producer, having worked with Lucinda Williams, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier. He also worked with the late Blaze Foley, who was shot and killed during a family squabble (someone else’s family) back in 1989. Foley spent some time in Atlanta, though he was most associated with Austin, Texas. Foley was a talented songwriter whose songs have been covered by Merle Haggard (“If I Could Only Fly”) and Lyle Lovett (“Election Day”), but it was his larger-than-life personality that cemented his status as an underground legend. Foley’s friend and fellow singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt summed it up with this: “He’s only gone crazy once. Decided to stay.” Morlix will perform and present the documentary “Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah.”
8 p.m. April 22. $15 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

Von Grey, a quartet of talented young musicians from Alpharetta, will celebrate the release of a new CD at Swallow at the Hollw this weekend. Photo: Jill von Grey

Von Grey, a quartet of talented young musicians from Alpharetta, will celebrate the release of a new CD at Swallow at the Hollw this weekend. Photo: Jill von Grey

Von Grey

This quartet of classically trained sisters — ages 10 to 16 — from Alpharetta will celebrate the release of their debut CD with two shows at Swallow at the Hollow (Saturday’s show is sold out). These young ladies are getting rave reviews for their country-pop blend and it’s just a matter of time before Nashville is clamoring to sign them. See them now, because a few years down the road, you might have to pay big bucks for nosebleed seats in an arena to catch these talented musicians.
10 p.m. April 22-23. $20. The Swallow at the Hollow, 1072 Green St., Roswell. 678-352-1975

The Kills

A meeting of two countries and several musical styles, American vocalist Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince combine minimalist guitar crunch with post-punk and psychedelic experimentation and synthetically generated rhythms. The pair’s latest album, “Blood Pressures,” brings a slight return to the bluesy racket of the duo’s early work without losing the dark dance moves of 2008’s “Midnight Boom.”
8 p.m. April 23. $20. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours make a stop at Red Light Cafe April 28. Photo:

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours make a stop at Red Light Cafe April 23. Photo:

Antsy McClain

With his band the Trailer Park Troubadours, McClain chronicles the strange goings-on and odd characters in fictional trailer park Pine View Heights. It’s based on his own experiences growing up in small-town Kentucky. He blends humor and heart with a novelist’s eye for detail, traits that also come in handy in his work as a visual artist and an author.
8 p.m. April 23. $20. Red Light Cafe, 533 Amsterdam Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-7828.

Titus Andronicus

The tin-and-barbed-wire guitars, the galloping tempos and the voice of Patrick Stickles — full of desperate, aggressive and throat-blistering pleading — meld into a bold wall of sound that doesn’t quite obscure the hooks and heart beneath Titus Andronicus’ punky darkness. The New Jersey band’s latest album, “The Monitor,” invokes the Civil War to tell more contemporary tales, though it’s more extended metaphor than concept album.
8:30 p.m. April 24. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

Diddy-Dirty Money

Sean Combs (aka some variation on words starting with the letters P and D) brings his latest project to town. The Puffmeister is joined by Dawn Richard and Kalenna and lest anyone think they’re just window dressing, the band’s bio has a quote from Kalenna: “Dawn and I aren’t background singers simply standing next to Diddy.” Though promotional photos make the band look like a modern-day hip-hop Tony Orlando and Dawn, the women provide significant contributions to the debut, “Last Train to Paris.” The album hasn’t been a massive commercial success, but it’s a fascinating piece of work. It’s a concept album/lost-love story that London’s Guardian newspaper called “a mess, but a hook-heavy, likable one.”
8 p.m. April 26. $65 reserved; $40 general admission. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Tom Jones

The tight-panted sex bomb from Wales has a lot more staying power than anyone would have guessed back in his ’60s heyday. He may be as subtle as a canary yellow Hummer, but he’s got undeniable charm. Maybe it’s the way his over-the-top delivery comes with a knowing wink, as he does a remarkable balancing act atop the fence between bombast and brilliance. He recently added a new and surprising chapter to his canon with the album “Praise and Blame,” which tackled gospel and spiritually themed songs and brought Jones some of the best reviews of his career.
8 p.m. April 27. $49-$95. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

Wayne Waxing and Lucy Tight (aka Hymn for Her) will play a free show at Twain's in Decatur April 28. Photo: Silver PopPop

Wayne Waxing and Lucy Tight (aka Hymn for Her) will play a free show at Twain's in Decatur April 28. Photo: Silver PopPop

Hymn for Her

You won’t find a better entertainment deal this week. Road warriors Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing will park their 1961 Airstream trailer in Decatur. She plays a three-stringed broom-handle/cigar-box guitar and he handles the guitar, banjo or other conventional stringed instrument and a bass drum. They both harmonize over a batch of stomping, infectious, country-fried Americana.
8:30 p.m. April 28. Free. Twain’s, 211 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-373-0063.

John Mayall

Mayall’s Bluesbreakers was the one of the cradles of the British blues boom of the ’60s, with a stellar list of musicians passing through the ranks. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green, Mick Taylor and Andy Fraser are just a few of the musicians who played with Mayall. In 2009, Mayall released his 57th official album, “Tough,” and the 77-year-old multi-instrumentalist is still touring.
8 p.m. April 28. $25; $22.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Peter, Bjorn and John

This Swedish trio had kids whistling along with 2007’s bouncy indie anthem “Young Folks.” The album that contained that tune, “Writer’s Block,” was chock full of catchy gems, but the synth-pop melancholy of 2009’s “Living Thing” was an unwelcome detour to many listeners. The many-hued melodicism of the new “Gimme Some” album feels like a better follow-up to “Writer’s Block.”
7 p.m. April 28. $15. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

4 comments Add your comment

fan of diddy for years

April 21st, 2011
7:49 pm

I have been of fan of puff/puff daddy/ shiny suit man/ p. Diddy and Diddy for years. As a businesman, he has made moves that have really epitomize the entire hip hop culture. To still be relevant really after almost 20 years, is awesome. I only wish I lived in the A so that I could see him perform live. I always said if he had another season of “I want to work for Diddy”, I would apply. Its going to go down at the Tabernacle!


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April 22nd, 2011
12:32 pm

Puff daddy: Another African American artist who has done nothing to ehance the black community but sell liquor and clothes. Instead of building shools and community centers this old head rather push his line of liquor in the community.
This guy is the reason music sucks today because all he did was steal artist beats before him and took away creativity in our young artist, this is the same fool that spent 1 million at a strip club at a time when most kids are in poverty.
How can any one spend a dime to see this wasted piece of talent.


April 23rd, 2011
9:57 am

GM, you back at the libary again?